The good and bad
I’m normally one to never complain or do many of these reviews. So if your reading this then you can know this is my honest option. When I found VRV I was unsure what to think so I went and did the premium because I have been wanting the ability to download stuff videos I could see on the go. The no ads was a bonus. I have been using this app for about two weeks and have loved it. I found the app though a bit weird at first it was very geared to keep things separate and not throw everything into a pile to dig throw. It’s made finding some of my favorite anime’s and shows very easy. But being as I got this for the ability to download I for some reason being the bumbling dork I unknowingly found one big bug. Since I am on the move a lot with my blue tooth head phones find that every so often I am drawn phone is off in my pocket to un-pause it with my head phones pushing the button. Well if I do my Apple Music app turns on. And if I am to open my phone while VRV is on and I’m watching something I downloaded it will stop working all together I have tried just about everything so far the only way to fix it is to unload the app then re-download it I have tried to delete the shows and re-download them. That didn’t seem to work. So if you do get this app be aware of this so you don’t end up at the airport or on that road trip with nothing because Apple Music decided to turn on and break everything.
Lack of content
By Johnathan Wolfbane
Been using the app for some time now, and at first I was satisfied. Moved from crunchyroll over, and was impressed by the line up at the time. But then as years passed, creators have been somewhat soft. I understand that there are limitations or boundaries, but why, and this is figurative speech, castrate artistic ability. There have been gems here and there that have been worthwhile and satisfying, but anime as whole should be limitless. It’s matter of escapism to tell stories, experiencing emotions, to create memories. Our opinions alone , are “our opinions”. They shouldn’t force a creator into a narrative they don’t want. People will agree or disagree, but in the end let not one person’s opinions be casted for everyone, but rather hear the collective of opinions from the actual people who go the mile to enjoy the content of the artist. I definitely see this app having potential if the people running it would not let their personal or political bias ruin it for the rest.
...Oh and some the functions for seasons of a series are not working (I.e One Punch Man). It says that it has three seasons, but only shows season one without being able to change it. Have yet to try on other viewing platform other than IOS, but an update or fix would be nice.
The app vs the service
The app itself is a 5 star app. I noticed a lot of complaints about the ads. Now for those who are just complaining that they do three ads per break that's been Crunchyroll (the company that own vrv) thing forever. Now the ones complaining about how the ads work and the overlapping that's a legit complaint/problem that they should address but since I pay for no ads I've never had this issue. That's why I give the app 5 stars. Not my biggest and really only complaints deal with the service. I really would like for vrv to offer a yearly subscription model like they do for Crunchyroll and the other partnered subscription Funimation. It makes it so much easier the just pay $50-$60 once a year and get all the anime I want for the year. A lot of times I'll forget about the monthly renewal and spend the money on other bills or food before they charge me. So I'd really like to see that feature ASAP. Also I know it's not ALL vrv's fault but I wish the process of getting everything on Funimation over the vrv was quicker or at the very least like you can link your account to Crunchyroll or vice versa I feel like it should be an option to link you account to funimation. That way I don't average to pay for multiple services due to vrv not having all the content that is currently available on funimation.
Numerous problems - what happened to this app? It used to be great
I have had numerous problems with the app. From it not recognizing I’m a premium member multiple times. Having to log out log back in and it says ‘’You’re already Premium’’ and still not playing videos because it’s considered ‘’Premium’’ but still doesn’t recognize the account. Now on top of that I am having issues to where I can’t download offline. It starts and waits then immediately fails. Offline viewing was a highlight of VRV. What is the point of paying for a service that doesn’t work or simply do what it is supposed to. On top of that I have a new issue where it won’t play the last episode uploaded. Whether it be a new episode for a series or last episode from a completed series, it will not load... I’ve tried everything. Signing out. Restart. Re-installing. I even reset my device and got the same, thing. I loved this app when I first got into it, but recently it has been nothing but headaches. They aren’t even aligned with Crunchyroll anymore and did not announce it, yet they announce all the ‘news and great’’ companies they are working with. Crunchyroll was on of the main reasons to have this app and at least as far as I am aware, Crunchyroll actually works. I am extremely disappointed from where this app was 2 years ago to where it is today. I am hoping to see some major improvement soon or I don’t see my subscription or this app lasting much longer.
Subtitles Are Broken. VRV May never fix
I downloaded around 300 episodes worth of different anime shows. For the past month when I was a premium crunchyroll member only I had no issues. I recently found that I should cancel my crunchyroll and pay for vrv only. Seemed like a no brainer considering all you get so I went ahead and purchased it. In the week since I have been losing subtitles to anime shows I was either already watching or in future episodes I had not watched yet. After refreshing the app it would seem to work just fine again. I have refreshed 100x now and that doesn’t fix it anymore. Went online to find out this had been a steady issue for over a year now. One solution I found after I couldn’t get any show to show subtitles anymore was to delete the entire app and reinstall the app. Who would want to do that and lose so many episodes? Well after still unsuccessfully getting subtitles to work again.... guess what this guy did? He deleted the app and reinstalled. Made sure subs were working again watching 3 episodes back to back. Yay they work again. Downloaded 45 episodes to be on the safe side and have some shows to binge watch on my long train rides to and from work. After the first episode.... every other anime’s subs are broken again. It’s not like I can watch the dubs in time before Funimation is removed on November 1st. Think I may be cancelling my services with vrv.
I would love to give it a chance
So my review of the app is more like a review of the homepage because that's as far as I have ever gotten. I have an iPhone XR running the latest version of iOS 12 and I have not ever been able to sign in on the app. I looked through the reviews and I found someone else with the same problem. Basically what happens is I'll input my email and password (just like I would on any other device) and as soon as I hit enter it says "whoops check your inputs". Now, I open Safari and go to the VRV website, input the exact same email and password (even go ahead and save it to my password keychain) and boom! login with no issues.
I looked through the FAQ page trying to find a solution or a form to contact the developer but I haven't had any luck, just a bunch of useless FAQ irrelevant to my issue. The only remedy I've found is linking my VRV account to my Crunchyroll account so I can at least watch CR content on my phone, but it would be nice to have the full VRV app if I want to watch HarmonQuest or anything else that's not on Crunchyroll. As a paying customer for a while now, I would appreciate it if the developer would at least read this review in hopes that they might be able to rectify the problem... Otherwise what's the point of paying for the service if I can't even use the app. Might as well switch to Crunchyroll only and save a couple bucks.
Not too bad but, could go for an up date for the better
So to start off I don’t want to bag on this app it does have a great selection of shows, movies, etc. that you can browse through, and I would’ve gone to the support page to explain the situation there that I’m having but there’s no real way to let them know on it or in it for that matter so you basically have to come to the review page and hopefully they read these to figure out how they can better make that app for everyone so I’m really here just to let them know or let whoever cares and know that you’re missing the seven deadly sins series from Crunchyroll on this VRV app and probably a lot of other ones that don’t come to mind or haven’t looked up yet, and the application on my phone is where I started my Premium account but as I tried to use my premium account on my game console (PS4) it was making me get a premium account on my PlayStation 4 when I already have a one, so do I have to have separate premium accounts for every device I have or is that just a bug in the system? but all in all I really enjoyed this app, just those small minor things also “30 seconds forward” option wouldn’t hurt as well LOL
This App Is By Far The Worst, The Most Irritating, And The Most Glitchy Official App I’ve Ever Seen, And All Of That Has To Do With The Ads, The Ads Are So Broken, That They Break The Video Itself, First Off When It Reaches The Black Bars It Plays An Ad, But It Doesn’t Just Play One Ad, It Plays Three! And They Start To Overlap Each Other, For Example There Are Some Ads That You Have To Press To Start, But Then There Are The Ads Which You Just Have To Wait Until They Load And Start, The The 6 To 15 Second Ads You Have To Press, But The Ads That Show The Different Shows That They Have On This App, And That Wouldn’t Be A Problem If The Ads Didn’t Overlap, The Ads That You Have To Press Overlap With The Show Ads, Which Just Start On Their Own, And The Problem With That, Is That When You Press On The Pressable Ads It Pauses The Show Ads And Starts The Pressable Ads, And When They Finish The Show Ads Don’t Continue To Play, And When You Press On Them, They Redirect You To That Show, And When You Come Back To The Show That You Were Watching, It Either Shows Just A Black Screen, With The Audio Playing Still, Or It Either Shows The Video But It Doesn’t Play The Audio Or It Just Jumbles Up The Audio And Plays An Audio From A Completely Different Part Of The Show! So Please Fix This! Everything Else It Perfect But The Ads Just Ruin It! Sorry If This Long By The Way, I Just Wanted To Get My Opinion Out.
Good but needs work
I can understand that you provide premium users with the benefit of not having to deal with ads, but in the case of free users, the ad system barely functions or at least in my case. I can’t even get started on how many problems the ads cause me.
The developers marked specific parts of the progress bar to show when ads are supposed to be played but yet for some reason, I’ve been dealing with ads that play the moment I start to play a show or have been stopping the show constantly after passing a marked point just to deal with another parade of ads.
Another annoying thing I’ve been dealing with is how two or more ads play at the same time. After going through that, I have not even able to make the screen respond. The play button or progress bar won’t show when I tap the screen. What’s even more annoying is that it forces me to restart the app and waste even more time rewatching ads before I can continue from where I left off. I won’t lie, this is a very good app but the way the ads play is just unacceptable.
I really hope that the developers can fix this problem soon so that we free users don’t have to deal with such problems anymore.
Great app, insane amount of bugs
I really like this app’s selection of anime, as well as it’s more moral business practice than other anime streaming platforms, and I really wanted to like the app, but between constant app crashes, downloads just not working a solid 70% of the time, and playback failures I simply cannot recommend it. If I download a season of anime an hour before I go to the gym, make sure everything says it’s downloaded but then I go offline try to watch the episode and it stops working half way through the op and for the next hour I have nothing to do. Even online when I browse through the admittedly expansive library when I try to add something to my watchlist the app crashes, I reload the app come back and it’s fine... until I add a different show to my watchlist and the same thing happens it’s super annoying that I can’t even browse the app without it breaking down. Say I manage to find a show to watch, I can’t download it or it won’t work, and I only just got it in my watchlist after having to reload and seemingly out of no where the loading sign comes up and the app crashes again. I mean seriously these are just bug fixes, with a product as good as this there is no reason to wreck it with these bugs, please please fix this TT